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Chief Psychiatrist’s Activities and COVID-19 Response – Updated 22/04/2020

17 Mar 2020
Department of Health COVID-19 Mental Health Infection Directives and Guides

Guidance on Managing Patient Leave and Visitors

The COVID-19 Clinical Services & Operational Response Program Mental Health Workstream has distributed guidance to assist mental health inpatient services to manage leave and visits in a consistent and proportionate manner in the current stage of the COVID pandemic .

COVID-19 Mental Health Infection Control Directions

WA’s Deputy Chief Health Officer, Dr Robyn Lawrence has issued a formal Direction under the Public Health Act 2016 specifically dealing with mental health infection control.

Chief Psychiatrist’s COVID-19 Response
Chief Psychiatrist’s Activities

The Chief Psychiatrist has taken the following actions in the best interests of the Western Australian community in keeping with recommended procedures to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Current from 17/03/2020:

Clinical Helpdesk

  • The Clinical Helpdesk remains open and accessible to all clinicians during business hours Monday to Friday.

Chief Psychiatrist’s Clinical and Statutory Monitoring

  • All Chief Psychiatrist’s face-to-face clinical monitoring and reviews will be temporarily suspended.
  • The Chief Psychiatrist will continue to monitor the standards of mental health services and will work with services to identify effective interim alternate monitoring processes.
  • Statutory mandatory reporting processes under the Mental Health Act 2014 remain in place.

Chief Psychiatrist’s Training

  • Face-to-face training events provided by the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist have been temporarily suspended. 
  • Alternate modes of delivering training are being investigated.
  • Clinicians enrolled in training will be notified when it has been rescheduled to an alternative date and time.
  • Please contact the office for further information if necessary.

If you require any further information about the above initiatives please contact the OCP on (08) 6553 0000.

For further information, please consult the WA Department of Health website, or call the COVID-19 Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.

Information for Consumers and Carers

If you are a consumer or carer looking for information on mental health and COVID-19, please go to the ‘Think Mental Health‘ website. If you have a query about receiving treatment during the pandemic, please contact your care provider.


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